Scotland’s big­gest bike­fest re­turns to Knock­hill

The Herald Magazine - - DRIVE -

THE Ben­netts In­sur­ance British Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship re­turns to Knock­hill Racing Cir­cuit on July 6-8 for the fifth round of the 2018 sea­son. The BSB al­ways at­tracts huge crowds to the Scot­tish cir­cuit, with around 15,000 fans ex­pected to at­tend over the week­end.

Scot­tish broth­ers Tay­lor and Tar­ran Macken­zie are set to make their home Su­per­bikes de­but. The sons of Triple Su­per­bike Cham­pion Niall Macken­zie are fi­nally on po­ten­tial race win­ning bikes and are be­gin­ning to get on top of their 210hp dash­board. If some stitch­ing, cush­ion­ing or de­sign fur­ni­ture could be in­tro­duced here it would help achieve dis­tinc­tion.

As a Jaguar it might be ex­pected that in­stru­ments would be dis­played in a tra­di­tional way but this is the 21st cen­tury and I’m look­ing at a crys­tal clear dig­i­tal dis­play with some clever graph­ics. A large touch­screen in the cen­tre con­sole con­trols and dis­plays most of the car’s fea­tures, which when cou­pled with 360-de­gree cam­era, re­vers­ing cam­era, pinch and zoom con­trols along with 4G wi-fi hotspot that can sup­port eight de­vices at one time you have a lux­ury car pre­pared to serve the needs of to­day.

The Ayr­shire coast road on a glo­ri­ously bright day has at­tracted a lot of vis­i­tors and any hoped-for progress is blunted by slow­ish mov­ing traf­fic. But I am in an ex­treme com­fort zone and on the oc­ca­sion when I can ex­er­cise the car a lit­tle it is pre­pared and re­sponds in an in­stant.

The road has many bends and the XJ re­sponded with an ex­cel­lent ride that sug­gested chas­sis and steer­ing had been well planned. I had a chance to es­cape the slower pace af­ter I scaled the Haylie Brae and racing mon­sters. In the Su­pers­port 600 sup­port race, Rory Skin­ner, the 16 year old from Perth, will make his Su­pers­port de­but fol­low­ing sev­eral suc­cess­ful out­ings on the Kawasaki in Scot­tish cham­pi­onship races.

The ac­tion kicks off on July 6 with Free Prac­tice. Satur­day builds with sup­port races and the Datatag Ex­treme Qual­i­fy­ing for the Ben­netts Su­per­bikes as they bat­tle for pole po­si­tion. On Sun­day, nine British Cham­pi­onship races fea­ture for the Su­per­bikes, Su­per­stock 1000’s, Ju­nior Su­pers­ports, Su­per­stock 600’s Monos­tar and Side­cars.

The British Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship re­turns to Knock­hill

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